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Microbiology

Image: The Panbio Dengue IgM Capture ELISA is used to detect IgM antibodies to dengue antigen in serum as an aid to clinical laboratory diagnosis of patients with clinical symptoms consistent with dengue fever (Photo courtesy of Abbott)

Combining RDTs Determines Dengue Immune Status

Dengue is an emerging arboviral infectious disease (DENV), transmitted through the bite of an Aedes mosquito that burdens much of the urbanized tropical and subtropical world. Current dengue diagnostics are primarily concerned with capturing active infections, thus no such method exists for determining primary or post-primary DENV infections, at the point of care. More...
18 May 2022
Image: Guidance UTI provides personalized results in less than one day from receipt at lab (Photo courtesy of Pathnostics)

Rapid Result Test for Complicated Urinary Tract Infections Proves Superior to Standard Urine Culture

Complicated urinary tract infections (cUTIs) are a significant burden on individual health and healthcare resources that must be diagnosed and treated early and accurately to reduce the risk of poor outcomes. Now, an advanced rapid result test better addresses polymicrobial infections in difficult cases, where bacterial interactions can impact antibiotic resistance. More...
18 May 2022
Image: Blood film of platelets that were significantly increased in the primary and secondary syphilis (Photo courtesy of HealthJade)

Platelet Indices Are Associated with Syphilis Activities

Syphilis is caused by Treponema pallidum, which is a chronic sexually transmitted disease that has highly variable clinical courses and manifestations from a painless chancre to severe damage in the brain, heart, and other organs. More...
11 May 2022
Image: Gram staining of Negativibacillus massiliensis bacteria isolated from a human left colon sample (Photo courtesy of Aix Marseille University)

Gut Microbe Strains Linked to More Severe Strokes

The human microbiome is composed of bacteria, archaea, viruses and eukaryotic microbes that reside in and on individual bodies. These microbes have tremendous potential to impact that physiology, both in health and in disease. More...
09 May 2022
Image: Hospitals can avoid unnecessary blood draws in critically ill children (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Unified Approach Could Prevent Unnecessary Blood Tests in PICU without Increasing Sepsis Risk

Researchers have developed and demonstrated the safety of a decision support program that appears to substantially reduce the number of blood draws in the PICU, and is likely to reduce antibiotic prescriptions without increasing the risk of sepsis. More...
03 May 2022
Image: MinION sequencing device was used on three novel species for hybrid assembly (Photo courtesy of Oxford Nanopore Technologies)

Urinary Microbiome Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin malignancy in men in developed countries, with over 250,000 deaths annually worldwide. The clinical course of prostate cancer is highly heterogeneous, and critical decisions are made about the likelihood of aggressive disease based on information obtained at presentation. More...
02 May 2022
Image: Prototype of the new spectroscopy instrument to detect infection in cystic fibrosis (Photo courtesy of University of Southampton)

New Raman Spectroscopy-Based Method Detects Infections in Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Minutes

Researchers have developed a new chemical analysis technique called multi-excitation Raman spectroscopy that has the potential to detect infections in cystic fibrosis patients in minutes rather than days. More...
02 May 2022


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